Mumbai: India began their campaign in the World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC) on a thumping note, with Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa, Woman Candidate Master Mrudul Dehankar and Woman International Master Divya Deshmukh scoring emphatic victories in Round 1 here on Wednesday.
Fourteen-year-old prodigy Praggnanandhaa, who has opted to play in the Under-18 category, beat Italy's Botta Massimiliano in 35 moves.
Mrudul, India's top player in U-16 Girls, had it far easier, overcoming Kristyn Otrubova of the Czech Republic in 19 moves.
Mrudul started the game with her Kings pawn while Kristyn opted for the Sicilian Defence.
Mrudul pounced on a couple of inaccuracies on moves 12 and 13 to take charge of the board.
Six moves later, Kristyn had no option but to resign.
In the same group, top seed Woman Candidate Master Leya Garifullina of Russia too began with a convincing win over Bangladesh's Woman FIDE Master Noshin Anjum.
Leya, playing white, opted for the popular Ruy-Lopez opening.
She craftily dragged her opponent into a winning endgame and eventually emerged victorious in the 39th move.
Early Results: Open U18: Shant Sargsyan (Arm) bt Vladyslav Sydoryka (Ukr) 1-0; Massimiliano Botta (Ita) lost to R Praggnanandhaa (Ind) 01; Aryan Gholami (Iri) bt Vojtech Sramek (Cze) 1-0; Vedant Panesar (Ind) drew with Viktor Gazik (Svk) Girls U18: Polina Shuvalova (Rus) bt Kristyna Laurincova (Cze) 1-0; Kseniya Zeliantsova (Blr) bt Anna Afonasieva (Rus) 1-0 Open U16: Moke Hans Niemann (USA) bt Sai Karthik (Ind) 1-0; Costamilan Tomiello (Bra) lost to Mamikon Gharibyan (Arm); Daghli Arash (Iri) bt Szymon Skurniak (Pol) 1-0 Girls U16: Leya Garifullina (Rus) bt Anjum Noshin (Ban) 1-0; Mrudul Dehankar (Ind) bt Kristyn Otrubova (Cze) Open U14: Vinay Jumani (Ind) lost to Volodar Murzin (Rus) 0-1; Aydin Suleymanli (Aze) bt LMST De Silva (Sri) 1-0; Pranav Anand (Ind) bt Manish Kadam (Ind) 1-0 Girls U14: Divya Deshmukh (Ind) bt Marium Fatima (Ind) 1-0; Anastas Abdala (Chi) lost to Rakshitta Ravi (Ind).
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Updated Date: Oct 03, 2019 09:47:37 IST